In order to provide succour to those in immediate need of assistance at the most affected villages around Puri in the aftermath of extreme severe cyclone FANI, Indian Navy continues the relief operation with 3 ships using their integral helicopters. The helicopters have been utilized for airdropping food packets in areas which are inundated and inaccessible by road. In addition, the Indian Navy also set up relief camps and community kitchens at Pentakota village in Puri and are catering to 1000 personnel. 5000 litres potable water have been supplied to Chattragad village using water bowser from INS Chilka. Supply of another 5000 litres bottled water is being augmented from Visakhapatnam by the road and is expected to reach the Relief campsite by midnight today.
Based on a request from the Temple Administration, a Naval Diving Team from INS Chilka undertook diving operations to clear off sand, plastic, other organic matter accumulated alongside the Kalijai floating Jetty, and carried out an underwater assessment of the Jetty for safe operations on 5 May 19. The two-hour-long activity was undertaken by a team of 6 divers with the specialised equipment. The floating Jetty used for the ferry of tourist boats were affected by the impact of the cyclone. High-speed winds gusting over 100 kmph deposited a large quantity of sand, plastic, other organic matter alongside the Jetty which prohibited the ferrying of large boats with higher draughts alongside the Jetty, thus disrupting connectivity of the island with the Mainland.
In order to render medical assistance, Naval Medical Teams have set up Medical Camps at four locations at Chattraged and Jankia villages in Odisha. About 150 personnel have been provided medical assistance and medicines were distributed to those in need. The medical team also sensitized the villages on preventive measures to avoid water-borne deceases and discussed other health-related issues. The teams also assisted in the distribution of food to the stranded villagers affected by the cyclone.